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Neil Williams, Cape police chief since 2000, announces retirement

After nearly 40 years with the Cape Elizabeth Police Department, and 18 of those years as chief, Neil R. Williams has announced he will retire at the end of 2018.

Town Manager announced Williams' intention to retire at the Town Council's meeting Monday, Sept. 10, 2018.

Williams, a Cape Elizabeth native, is a 45-year veteran of police service. "During my years of service I have had the pleasure to serve the citizens of Cape Elizabeth," Williams said in his letter to Sturgis. "Having been born and raised in Cape Elizabeth, this adds and extra special touch to my years of service."

Williams joined the Cape Elizabeth police force as a patrol officer in November 1979, was promoted to sergeant in 1987 and to captain in 1991. He previously served as a dispatcher with the town of Cape Elizabeth from 1973 to 1974 and served as a patrol officer in Falmouth , Maine from 1974 to 1979.

He was appointed chief and confirmed by the Town Council in June 2000.

He is a graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School, received an associate degree in law enforcement from Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute and a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Maine. He also graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1994.

In 2015 Williams was recognized by the Maine Association of Police, receiving the David W. Pickering Award as the chief of the year. [news article]

Williams was greeted with a standing ovation by members of the audience at Sturgis' announcement. Jessica Sullivan, Town Council chair, said there would be more opportunity for citizens to thank Williams for his service in the coming months.